Nielsen scored his sixth goal of the season and added an assist in Thursday's loss to Calgary.
Nielsen is once again proving to be a fairly consistent goal scorer. He potted 17 goals in his first year with the Red Wings and is off to a decent start this time around. Despite his lethal shot, Nielsen won't post monster offensive totals and he hasn't been deployed on the power play of late, though his ability to find the back of the net often makes him valuable in deeper formats.
Nielsen (undisclosed) participated in pregame warmups, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Thursday's game against Ottawa, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.
Nielsen missed Thursday's morning skate due to "precautionary reasons," so it's not surprising that he's been given the green light for the Red Wings matchup with the Senators. The 33-year-old pivot, who has potted four goals in 13 games this campaign, is expected to center Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader on Detroit's third line against Ottawa.
Nielsen (undisclosed) missed morning skate Thursday due to "precautionary reasons," but Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is still calling Nielsen a game-time decision for the evening's road contest against the Senators.
Losing Nielsen for any amount of time could jeopardize Detroit's two-game winning streak, as the Dane is a guru on special teams and lethal on the shootout. Still, his four points -- all goals -- through 13 games this season aren't doing much for fantasy owners.
Nielsen was denied on his shootout attempt in Saturday's 3-2 road win over the Panthers.
Currently, Nielsen and Florida's Radim Vrbata are tied with the most shootout goals in NHL history at 45, both neither had any luck against the tenders in that 1-on-1 sequence Saturday. Nielsen remains a utility player who's vital to the team's success on special teams, but he has yet to record an assist through 12 games to supplement four goals. It's tough to catch lightning in a bottle with Nielsen, so consider seeking out more consistent alternatives in the fantasy realm.
Nielsen scored a pair of special teams goals -- one on the power play and the other while shorthanded -- in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Lightning.
The 33-year-old broke a five-game scoring drought with his two-goal performance. Nielsen is up to four goals on the season but has yet to record an assist. Playing in a bottom-six role, the Dane still isn't much of a fantasy asset.